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AMC Recap – April 25 – April 29th

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After Greenlee finds a folder on Madison’s computer entitled, “Daddy’s memory book”, Madison explains that it’s for Ryan since he’s the father of her baby. Madison wonders if her own daughter will have similar feelings for her as Emma does for Greenlee. Scott reminds her that unlike Emma, Madison’s daughter will have a mother around that everyone loves. JR continues his hardest to get back with Marissa. Unhappy over her friendship with Scott, JR tries to throw his cousin under the bus over his living with Madison but Marissa says she already knows. JR tries to set up a double date with himself, Marissa, Bianca, and someone he thinks Bianca will like. Knowing Ricky is over at Kendall’s, Ryan shows up, claiming that he misses Spike. Ryan isn’t happy Kendall plans to still go out with Ricky even though it’s all part of her plan to try and trip him. At Confusion, Ricky opens up to Kendall about his feelings and while she’s on edge, Kendall covers well and pretends to have feelings for him as well. Griffin shows up at Kendall’s and says he couldn’t leave.

Jake’s a bit rattled when he finds out that Cara and Tad were in bed together. When Cara hears the hospital board wants to talk to both her and Jake she decides not to let him take the blame or put the Martin brothers in any more trouble so she resigns. Amanda notices sadness in Jake when he tells Tad to take care of Cara. Amanda decides to fix things by tossing her birth control. Kendall and Griffin argue about him not leaving town as planned but Griffin says he can’t leave her alone. Kendall admits to Ryan and Greenlee that Griffin is still in town and the three meet up with Griffin at a safe location/warehouse. She reveals her plan to make Ricky fall for her in the hopes he’ll admit something. Just in the event she might need it, Griffin pulls out a tranquilizer and shows Kendall how to use it. After having a little chat with Ricky, Ryan and Greenlee realize they were married by a minister who is also a murderer. Ryan plans to look into his credentials since this time they want to get everything right with their marriage.

Seeing how upset he is over Erica’s disappearance, Krystal offers to spend some time with Jack in the hopes she can distract him. Erica tries to grab hold of the disembodied voice but is unsuccessful. When her captor serves her something to eat she recognizes it’s from Krystal’s but when she asks if the person is Krystal she gets no response. Marissa agrees to the double date for Bianca’s sake, believing her friend needs the distraction. After lunch JR’s called away on business leaving the girls to hang out. Alone for a moment with Bianca, Louise points out that maybe the date was a mistake because it’s clear she has feelings for someone else. Affected by her feelings for Marissa, Bianca decides to back out of going to the play. Upon Asher’s questioning, Caleb says nothing happened between him and Erica and he shuts down. He later apologizes to Asher for not opening up and Asher admits he wants to help his father out. Maya admits to Colby that she’s a big fan of her and her vlogs but remains vague with information about herself. Caleb wants to give Colby equipment for her vlogs which would support Corlandt Electronics but Asher isn’t so sure it’s a good idea to go over to the Chandler mansion. Caleb winds up getting into an argument with JR when he comes home and Asher gets in the middle and defends his father. He won’t remove the equipment because it’s Colby’s decision.

After misinterpreting a close moment with Jackson, Krystal is embarrassed and leaves. Krystal tries to quit working for Jackson but he tells her she’s not going anywhere. After seeing an old interview with Erica discussing her many marriages, Jackson becomes frustrated. Bianca encourages Jackson to keep an open mind since he doesn’t know the full story yet. Kendall tells Cara and Tad that Griffin has gone off to Afghanistan with renegade doctors and asked her to deliver the message. Cara’s hit with the feeling that for a moment she finally had family again but now that Griffin’s gone it’s lost. Kathy and Jenny approach Cara and tell her that she hasn’t lost her family. The outpouring of love from Tad and the girls brings a tear to her eye. Kendall fills Bianca in on all that’s going on and Bianca wants to help her nail Ricky. Griffin teaches Kendall how to defend herself and in doing so they wind up exceptionally close. The moment’s broken when Kendall gets a call from Ricky asking to see her right now. Erica succeeds in breaking through the initial door but finds herself face to face with a brick wall. She decides to hide her food and make it appear that she’s not eating. When the captor comes back he/she has a scrapbook of Erica’s life and wants to go through it together but Erica isn’t interested. Erica’s convinced the captor is Krystal but the captor claims Erica doesn’t know her at all.

Although Krystal initially thinks distance between her and Jackson is best, they work well together and she decides she’s not going to leave. Erica finally gets the captor to email her family and let them know she’s ok and briefly talks about Kendall and Bianca. Bianca approaches Jackson with the suggestion of making a video to Erica. Meanwhile, Erica looks longingly at a photo of Jack in the scrapbook. Caleb rebuffs Asher’s suggestion of recording a video for Erica, afraid that it could go viral. Asher makes the mistake of telling Caleb that he hacked into Kendall and Bianca’s email accounts and found that Erica had sent them an email. Angry at his son, Caleb goes straight to Bianca and apologizes but Bianca seems to get an idea off of what Caleb’s told her. Caleb apologizes to Asher for yelling at him and offers him a side gig. Kendall continues to play Ricky. She “confesses” that she and Zach fell out of love and it was tough for all those offering condolences for a perfect love that wasn’t really true. He acts surprised (even though he’s not thanks to Bianca planting the idea in his head earlier) and consoles her. While keeping an eye on Kendall and Ricky, Griffin almost gets caught when he steps on a twig; and Kendall distracts Ricky so Griffin can escape. Kendall lays in to Griffin for almost getting himself caught but he’s upset that she kissed Ricky despite her claim that it was all part of the act.

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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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